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Is there any simple way how to check if the installed plugins/add-ons are up-to-date?

It would be great if I could check that from the admin backend.

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Not yet, but check out the roadmap for 1.5:

http://www.question2answer.org/qa/9322/question2answer-1-5-roadmap

  • Update detection for themes and plugins.
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So plugins must be designed for that to work? Or do the pre-1.5 plugins also show available updates?
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Plugins need to be updated for it to work.
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It would be really great if it's not too much work to indicate on the plugin list whether a particular plugin already checks itself or whether I still need to go through the downloads and check the version manually.
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Fair comment, but FYI if there's no item in brackets showing the version check and its result, then the plugin doesn't include auto version checking.
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I didn't know that it would be visible on the backend, I thought the old-type plugins would just look like the new type when there is no updates available.
So, as you describe it, it is sufficient for what I need.
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All my plugins should check with latest code... the admin plugin now has an option to show a notice to admin every x hours if there are updateable plugins.
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